In France, Le Pen Opposes Public Education for Illegal Immigrant Kids
With the wind in her sails, "far right" French presidential candidate Marine le Pen called for ending free education to illegal alien children whose parents have violated French law by arriving and staying in France.
"I've got nothing against foreigners but I say to them: if you come to our country, don't expect that you will be taken care of, treated (by the health system) and that your children will be educated for free," Le Pen said. "That's finished now, it's the end of playtime," she told a conference in Paris in comments that provoked a storm of condemnation from the Socialist government.
Opinion polls suggest the leader of the National Front (FN) will finish second in next year's presidential election, but she is hoping for new momentum after Donald Trump's victory in the United States.
Speaking to AFP afterwards, the 48-year-old clarified that she wanted to block education for immigrants who are in France illegally, not all foreigners. Such a move would contravene current French law, which guarantees school places for all children.
So change the law. France is being eaten alive by its former colonials from North Africa and the Middle East; the same hordes turned back by Charles Martel at the battle of Tours now effectively have the run of the place, murdering French priests in their churches and shooting innocent concert-goers in Paris.
She also said that any foreigner using the public education system without paying tax in France would face a bill for school, which would affect European workers based temporarily in the country. "We're going to reserve our efforts and our national solidarity for the most humble, the most modest and the most poor among us," Le Pen told the conference.
Polls currently show Le Pen qualifying for the second round of May's election where she is forecast to face -- and lose to -- rightwing Republicans party candidate Francois Fillon.
Few analysts see her taking power, but it has been an unpredictable year in politics and France's sickly economy and immigration are top issues for voters. The country has unemployment of around 10 percent and rising national debt equivalent to one year's economic output, or 98.4 percent of gross domestic product. It last ran a federal budget surplus in the 1970s.
Don't count on her finishing second to the "right-wing" Fillon, by the way. French voters understand this is their last chance to stop the dissolution of their nation, and are itching to send a message not only to their countrymen, but to Brussels and beyond.